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Oddball Reborn
« on: April 06, 2013, 06:56:17 PM »
Several folks have been telling me it was time to retire the XJ, AKA Oddball. It was time to upgrade. This past year was tough on the rig and it seemed I was wrenching on it more than driving. So, last Sept I picked up an '86 CJ7. SAS already completed, Dana 30 (pass drop) front and AMC 20 rear with 2 piece axles, sitting on 315x75x16 brand new Toyo MT tires. 258 motor, converted to propane, TF999 trans and Dana 300 tcase. Axles are open/open, stock gears.

Started doing little things to it but was trying to keep the XJ on the trail. Parker did it in. Decided to bite the bullet and start building the CJ. Here are some pics of the build.

I open to suggestions. Oddball is still appropriate as 1/2 the CJ has XJ parts

Pulled the Dana 44, 4.88, locked, out of the XJ and swapped it over. Pulled some leafs out of the pack to lower it a bit and flipped them. Current axle length is 101. 4:1 231 transplanted from XJ to CJ for the time being. (Eventually will build a crawl box and double stick the 300). Building a cross-member and will need to re-do the driveshafts. Front axle will get transplanted in the next week or so. Rear bumper transplanted.

Good bye......  you will live on in another body.....


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XJ axle, springs and rear bumper transplanted.  Springs are too tall




Sitting on 33's for the time being, soon to be on beadlocked 35's and comp cut in the planning...
John

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Re: Oddball Reborn
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2013, 11:15:58 AM »
Wow...looking good John!

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« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013, 03:21:10 PM »
Nice I bet she won't smell like oil going down the trail now!

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Re: Oddball Reborn
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2013, 03:31:42 PM »
Very Nice looking. Can't wait to see it.

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Re: Oddball Reborn
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2013, 12:15:36 PM »
Do you have manual seat brackets in that xj? I have power and there broken and leaning.
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Re: Oddball Reborn
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 02:28:23 PM »
The Oddball will be missed. Hope to wheel with you soon.

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Re: Oddball Reborn
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013, 06:06:09 PM »
We want more pictures John!
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Re: Oddball Reborn
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2013, 12:52:07 PM »
Small update.... pics to come later

Ernie,  I have a set of manual seats in storage at Charlie's place if you want to do some talking.  The seats in the XJ are a mix.  The passenger is a manual seat.  The driver seat was power but I put an aftermarket seat on the bracket.  We can talk if you want to.

Got the rear axle all in.  Crossmember built, traction bar built, tcase shifter fabbed and installed.  Drove it this weekend to turn it around in the garage.....  ;D    Got the front axle pulled out of each and the new axle is located under the CJ.  Have to do some mods to the long arms, tie rod, drag link etc.  This weekend will be busy.  Pics to follow.

If anyone is interested in any parts from the XJ, let me know.  Also have a narrow track AMC20, driver drop dana 30, 2" superlift leaf springs that came off the CJ.

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John

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